Ian Ganly, MD, PhD

About Me

Dr. Ganly has special expertise in the surgical treatment of benign and malignant tumors in the head and neck area including tumors of the mouth, throat, larynx (voicebox), esophagus, sinuses, thyroid gland, salivary glands, head and neck skin cancer and melanoma. His surgical expertise has been developed with his training in otolaryngology, general surgery, and plastic surgery, giving him the full repertoire of skills necessary to treat head and neck tumors.

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In addition to traditional, open surgery, Dr. Ganly has a special interest in minimally invasive surgery. One area of expertise is using transoral endoscopic laser surgery to remove tumors of the larynx and pharynx. This type of surgery is performed through an endoscope inserted in a patient’s mouth; the tumor is then removed using a special laser. This technique has several advantages over traditional open surgery. It involves no incisions on the neck, meaning that speech and swallowing function are preserved. In many cases these procedures can be done as an outpatient.

Recently Dr. Ganly developed minimally invasive video assisted thyroid (MIVAT) and parathyroid surgery (MIVAP) after spending time training with Professor Paulo Miccoli in Pisa, Italy. In this operation the thyroid gland is removed through a small skin incision (1.5cm) with the assistance of endoscopic techniques. This operation is perfectly suited for patients with small thyroid nodules or cancers. It is also perfect for the removal of parathyroid adenomas in patients with hyperparathyroidism.

Dr. Ganly is also interested in head and neck cancer research, and his dedicated three years of full-time head and neck cancer laboratory research resulted in his earning a PhD degree in 1999. He has two principal areas of research: a) molecular therapeutics, which involves developing new therapies/agents which selectively kill cancer cells but not normal cells; b) gene expression profiling, which involves identification of genes which predict a poor outcome, so that patients who have these genes can be targeted for more-aggressive treatments to cure their cancer.

His interest in both surgery and research was recognized by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center with the conferring of the prestigious Michael E. Burt Fellow of the Year award in 2004 for outstanding surgical excellence. Dr. Ganly’s award, granted by the surgical staff at Memorial Hospital, resulted from competitive consideration of more than 60 outstanding fellows in surgery.

Dr. Ganly has published more than 30 scientific articles and written several book chapters in the field of head and neck cancer. He has presented at more than 40 national and international meetings and is an active reviewer for several journals, including Head and Neck, Clinical Otolaryngology, Archives of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, and Surgical Oncology.

  • Clinical Expertise: Head and Neck Surgery for Tumors of the Mouth, Pharynx (Throat), Larynx (Voice Box), Esophagus, Thyroid Gland, Parathyroid Gland, Parotid and Other salivary Glands; Soft Tissue Tumors; Bone Tumors; Tumors of the Dentoalveolar Structures, Nasal Cavity and Sinuses, Base of the Skull, ear canal and Temporal Bone, Nerves and Glood Vessels of the Neck; Skin Cancers; Melanoma
  • Languages Spoken: English
  • Education: MD, PhD, University of Glasgow (Scotland, UK)
  • Residencies: West of Scotland NHS Teaching Hospitals (UK)
  • Fellowships: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • Board Certifications: General Surgery, Otolaryngology (UK)

My Research

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Publications

Selected Book Chapters
Ganly I, Shah JP. In: Mastery of Surgery. 5th ed. Fischer JE, Bland KI, eds. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2006.

“Management of oral cavity cancer.” Ganly I, Patel SG, Shah JP. In: Principles and Practice of Head and Neck Surgery and Oncology. Montgomery PQ, Rhys Evans PH, Gullane PJ, eds. New York: Informa Healthcare; 2009.

 “Management of the neck.” Ganly I, Patel SG, Shah JP. In: Principles and Practice of Head and Neck Surgery and Oncology. Montgomery PQ, Rhys Evans PH, Gullane PJ, eds. New York: Informa Healthcare; 2009.

 “Management of laryngeal cancer.” Ganly I, Patel SG, Shah JP. In: Principles and Practice of Head and Neck Surgery and Oncology. Montgomery PQ, Rhys Evans PH, Gullane PJ, eds. New York: Informa Healthcare; 2009.

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 “Management of thyroid cancer.” Ganly I, Patel SG, Shah JP. In: Principles and Practice of Head and Neck Surgery and Oncology. Montgomery PQ, Rhys Evans PH, Gullane PJ, eds. New York: Informa Healthcare; 2009.

Neck dissection” Ganly I, Shah JP. In: Fischer’s Mastery of Surgery. 6th ed. Fischer JE, Jones DB, Pomposelli FB, Upchurch GR, eds. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2011.

“Epidemiology of head and neck cancer.” Ganly I, Patel SG. In: Stell and Maran’s Textbook of Head and Neck Surgery and Oncology. 5th ed. Watkinson J, Gilbert RW, eds. London: Hodder Arnold; 2012.

“Principles of conservation surgery.” Ganly I, Shah JP. In: Stell and Maran’s Textbook of Head and Neck Surgery and Oncology. 5th ed. Watkinson J, Gilbert RW, eds. London: Hodder Arnold; 2012.


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Clinical Trials

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